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kingfisher

[king-fish-er] /ˈkɪŋˌfɪʃ ər/
noun
1.
any of numerous fish- or insect-eating birds of the family Alcedinidae that have a large head and a long, stout bill and are usually crested and brilliantly colored.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; king + fisher; replacing king's fisher, late Middle English kinges fisher
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British Dictionary definitions for kingfisher

kingfisher

/ˈkɪŋˌfɪʃə/
noun
1.
any coraciiform bird of the family Alcedinidae, esp the Eurasian Alcedo atthis, which has a greenish-blue and orange plumage. Kingfishers have a large head, short tail, and long sharp bill and tend to live near open water and feed on fish
Word Origin
C15: originally king's fisher
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Word Origin and History for kingfisher
n.

mid-15c., originally king's fisher, for obscure reasons; see king + fisher.

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